Keep Calm and Breathe

Whenever life gets crazy, stressful, and exhausting, don’t forget to breathe. Take a deep breathe, close your eyes, and picture a beautiful scene in nature. I try to picture a new scene every time. You can picture the mountains, fields, the woods, the ocean, or a stary sky. The one vision that seems to always relax me, is picturing myself in a hammock on the beach. So remember, when your day seems out of control, close your eyes and breathe.

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Perseverance

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

“Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” Proverbs 24:16

Canterbury Cathedral 2011

Canterbury Cathedral 2011

“Do you see a man skilled in his work?  He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:19

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his spender was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

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I miss the ocean

I was thinking about the ocean this morning. Its beauty, vastness, depths, life, and waves. I wish my words could describe just how magnificent the oceans are, but sadly they can’t. I wish my pictures could translate the beauty, but sadly they can’t either. As beautiful as the pictures are, they don’t account for the smell of the salty air, the sun on your skin, the sand crunching under your feet, or the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

Since I can’t head over to the ocean today, I’ll have to close my eyes and be content with the memories. We’ll go back soon…….hopefully.

Bahamas 2008

Amos 9:6

6 who builds his lofty palace in the heavens
and founds his foundation upon the earth;
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out upon the surface of the earth—
the LORD is his name.

Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa 2008

Off the coast of Honduras 2008

Celtic Sea off the coast of England 2011

Seaside Florida 2009


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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

Picture I took in Africa 2008

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If I could be anywhere doing anything tonight….

…I would be back in Seaside Florida the week of our honeymoon.

Stephen and I rented the most perfect cottage overlooking the oecan. The weather was warm and sunny, and the days were lazy. I took this pictures one of the evenings we stayed in and cooked for ourselves. I think this picture captures the mood I’m in right now.

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Nostalgia Strikes

I have found myself to be very nostalgic lately, daydreaming of the past. I looked up nostalgia in the dictionary and the definition is:

a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.

I suppose this is absolutely correct, although this definition makes what I am feeling sound a lot worse than I actually feel. My nostalgia comes down to 2 things; winter and boredom. First of all, my happiest memories are in the summer and often take place outdoors. I adore nature and already hate being stuck indoors. Secondly, I hate that my workload is not overwhelming. I want to be doing 10 things at once, but I’m not and I can’t until I begin my career. The thought of beginning my communications career at a great company gets me so excited! Succeeding at work, balancing work around the house, husband, spiritual life, friends, and family sounds like a dream come true. I miss the busy days at Purdue with 3 internships and a full class load. Sure it seemed like hell at the time, but the feeling of accomplishment is worth all of it. I’m an overachiever and I don’t care who knows it! It is more fun to be spontaneous or treat yourself if you are working hard for it.

Examples:

  • Before Stephen and I were married and were maintaining our long distance relationship, we would work so hard to get everything done during the week so we could enjoy a carefree weekend with each other.

  • Working our tails off in classes and RA-ing before spring break made the cruise even more enjoyable.

  • And of course, there was no better feeling than graduating and going to London after 4 long years of hard work

It’s funny how the torture seems to be forgotten and only the best memories are recalled when feeling nostalgic. For now, I will keep as busy as I can at home; probably begin to study for the GRE (grad school at Northwestern is the goal!), and continue to reminisce about the good old days 🙂

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Inspired

As I was sitting inside my apartment on a gross, unpleasant, cold and rainy day, I became inspired. I saw a picture of my favorite city London by Helmut Lang and decided I wanted to share a few of my own memories and photography work from when I was there.

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helmutlang

These are pictures from my time in England. They continually inspire me and hold some of my dearest memories. Memories from these photos stand out more clearly in my mind than others. Sometimes I get lost in thought when I think about these vivid moments in time.

In the beautiful city of Tintagel. I wish I lived in a castle by the sea.


The gorgeous Castle Bridge on a day much like today here in Chicago. So London.

One of my favorite places we visited was Boscastle. My husband and I were in our warm, quaint B&B. The sunset was so breathtaking in the most stunning place I have ever been in my life.

Can you believe people actually get the privilege of living their lives in the most charming place in the world?

This encapsulates the city of London. The beautiful Parliament with Big Ben, a classic taxi and red double-decker bus.

At the top of Boscastle right on the coast. I felt as though I was on the top of the world.

This is the very center of London at Trafalgar Square. I love how Big Ben is in the background. Can you imagine living in one of those flats? Sigh…

I love sheep.

Plants growing along the sea. The softest grass I have ever felt was along this coast. We would have fallen asleep, if it wasn’t for being inches from the edge!

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